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Plan for a Fun-Filled Day July 12 at UT’s Summer Celebration

Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

Pink hydrangeasJackson, Tenn. – It’s Thursday, July 12, and you’ve just arrived at the University of Tennessee West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center among a throng of garden enthusiasts, all anxious to hear from their favorite plant experts and shop for those unique and hard-to-find trees, shrubs and perennials.

So now what?

Well, if you like food, first go to Room 162 to pick up a reservation ticket for the UT Extension Kitchen Divas hourly cooking show. There’s no extra cost for this event, but seating is limited, so you need to reserve a space.  This year the Divas will be cooking with honey.

Once that’s taken care of, you can enjoy one of the 17 garden talks, which begin at 10 a.m. These presentations are led by gardening experts from around the region and will be repeating throughout the day. Learn about glorious vines, tenacious turf, unorthodox shrubs, and edible landscapes.  Many of the talks will focus on the care and cultivation of this year’s featured plant – hydrangea.

Hopefully, in your excitement for the day, you didn’t forget to pack along a specimen of that pest or disease that’s been troubling your garden. You can have it identified for free by experts from the UT Extension Soil, Plant and Pest Center at their mobile diagnostic clinic.  And if you have a cup of soil from your home garden or lawn, you can get a free pH test.

Of course you came to learn, but you also came to shop.  As always, the Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale has an amazing collection of great plants, and this year they have a large selection of new and hard-to-find hydrangeas. Don’t forget to check out our vendor tent for garden tools, unique outdoor art and locally grown produce.

If by now you need a break, take a ride on the relaxing AgResearch wagon tour.  You’ll get to see areas of the farm not generally open to the public, as UT scientists fill you in on their cutting-edge research that’s contributing to the success of Tennessee farmers.  You can also visit the 4-H All-Stars food tent for a hamburger right off the grill with all the fixings.

The Summer Celebration Lawn and Garden Show takes place on Thursday, July 12 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at UT’s West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 17 and under.  For more information, including directions to this event, visit the website http://west.tennessee.edu.